Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement

Welcome to the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE)!

DPIE is the result of an initiative to streamline county government operations in the areas of permitting, business licensing, inspections and property code enforcement.​​

DPIE Notice for Residents and the Business Community Regarding Services During the COVID-19 Emergency

As we all endeavor to abide by the national social distancing directive established to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), DPIE has modified its delivery of services. Although DPIE’s offices are closed to the public, the agency continues to assist our customers through increased online services. Phones are staffed during business hours in every division and staff members are responding to emails. Every effort is being made to be as responsive as possible to the community and business neighbors who require our services.  Read more here. . .

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The DPIE Building Is Closed to the Public!

DPIE is serving customers through teleworking, electronic and virtual processes. Please check back for updates.

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Momentum

DPIE has transitioned to Momentum for processing permits and licenses. Beginning with Phase 1, all Prince George's County Business and Rental Licenses are now processed in Momentum.

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Enforcement Code Changes Notice
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Improperly Installed Fences May Cause Drainage Problems and Flooding!

Every time it rains, many homeowners experience drainage issues on their properties. Some of these drainage complaints result from improperly installed fences. An improperly installed fence can block storm flows — runoff from storm precipitation — and cause water to pond in your yard or your neighbor’s yard. Blocked water can damage fences, draw mosquitoes and hasten lawn erosion.

Fences must be installed with storm flows in mind to ensure fences don’t block stormwater flows!

For more information, view the Drainage flyer.

Improperly Installed Fences May Cause Drainage Problems and Flooding!
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DPIE’s Drainage Defects Complaint Program

DPIE’s Drainage Defects Complaint Program is for new homes, pursuant to Section § 1-1313 of the Maryland Annotated Code:

To evaluate complaints of drainage defects, please click here to complete the Drainage Complaint Form and email to dpiedrainage@co.pg.md.us.

For questions, call 301-636-2060.

Drainage and Flooding

DPIE Partners with Sister Agencies to Address County Drainage Issues, Flooding

DPIE recently collaborated with DoE, DPW&T and PGSCD on “Drainage and Flooding in Prince George’s County,” a comprehensive report. Access the Drainage and Flooding presentation here or click the image to view it.

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Identifying possible hazards is the first step in preparing for natural disasters.

Program Addresses Drainage Defects in Newer Homes

DPIE has enhanced its process to address drainage complaints from owners of homes that are five years old or less and whose fine grading permits are still open. The Drainage Defects Complaint Program, which was implemented in October 2020, created enhanced enforcement options to hold builders, developers and engineers associated with new home construction accountable for mistakes related to construction and grading that affect drainage from storm water.

Read more here. . .

Take Precautions to Avoid Injury, Property Damage During Summer Storms

Warm weather brings an uptick in hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, heavy rains and hail — any of which can turn a beautiful summer day dangerous in just moments. Make sure your family is ready for summer weather disasters.

Read more here. . .

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Notice - Change in Electrical Licenses
Notice - Electrical Code Changes  June 2021
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Beautify and Comply!

DPIE has implemented a new program to encourage residents to make repairs to their properties to bring them into compliance with County code while planting flowers and making other preparations for summer — “Beautify and Comply!” Under the program, residents are asked to review a list of common property maintenance issues and repair any that exist on their property. Beautify and Comply!

Click image to view flyer in English. Haga clic aquí para ver el anuncio en español.

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NO Landscape Litter!

The Zoning Unit of the DPIE Enforcement Division works with businesses to address property maintenance problems, including allowing trash and debris to accumulate. Property owners and managers are responsible for keeping their properties clear of unsightly litter. Trash receptacles should be sufficient to prevent spillover that creates litter.

The areas around them should be picked up regularly to keep them clear of trash. Failing to maintain a trash-free property is a violation of County code punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 per violation. #nolandscapelitter

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DPIE Attacks Roadside Litter in Sign Blitz

DPIE has a message for those who litter local roadways with illegal signs: we’re coming for the ugly signs and you will be fined.

Enforcement Division staffers seized more than 1,800 illegal signs posted on County rights-of-way during a Sign Blitz on March 30. DPW&T staffers removed 1,700 signs during a blitz earlier this month.

Read more here. . .

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DPIE Staff Uses Masks, Distancing and Technology to Continue Services During the Pandemic

Monica Hemmatian measures footing for a deck during an inspection
Inspectors Rick Smith and David McLaurin participate in a door-to-door education campaign in Laurel.
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INSPECTIONS

Shaghayegh "Monica" Hemmatian of the Inspections Division measures the footing for a deck during a residential inspection. 

Read more here. . .

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE STANDARDS ENFORCEMENT

Enforcement Division Property Standards Inspectors Rick Smith (left) and David McLaurin prepare to participate in a door-to-door education campaign in Laurel.

Read more here. . .

PERMITTING AND LICENSING

Licensing Supervisor Heidi Stearlings and other members of the Permitting and Licensing Division have ensured that licenses and permits continue to be issued.

Read more here. . .

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COMMERCIAL COMPLIANCE WITH PANDEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Inspectors Larry Long and Gabe Bejarano consult with a restaurant manager to determine if the restaurant was operating in compliance. . .

Read more here. . .

ILLEGAL BUSINESSES

Last year, the Enforcement Division saw an uptick in illegal home-based businesses. Running a business such as a restaurant, nail salon or auto shop out of a residence is illegal and carries fines of up to $2,300.

NEGOCIOS ILEGALES

El año pasado, la División de Cumplimiento vio un repunte en los negocios ilegales basados en el hogar. Dirigir un negocio como un restaurante, salón de manicura o tienda de automóviles fuera de una residencia es ilegal y conlleva multas de hasta $ 2,300.
Haga clic para ver en español.

Home Based Businesses That Are Prohibited, drawings of nail salon, stove fire, and burglar
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NOTICES

Building Code Changes 2-15-21
DPIE Fee Changes Feb 15 2021
Inspections Division Procedures Update

IMPORTANT: Inspections Procedure Changes Read more here. . .

County Council Constrains Some Rent Increases, Evictions During COVID-19 Crisis

Effective June 29, 2020, the Prince George’s County Council has amended the Landlord–Tenant Code to place prohibitions on some rent increases, evictions and the imposition of late fees during the current COVID-19 health emergency. The Code was amended in Council Bill CB-016-2020, an Emergency Bill introduced May 18, 2020. The legislation was introduced to assist tenants who can provide documentation or otherwise verify that they lost their jobs and their ability to pay rent as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. The provisions of CB-016-2020 will remain in effect until 90 days after the termination of the current Maryland State of Emergency declared March 5, 2020, by Gov. Hogan.

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ePlan Training Web

ePlan Customer Trainings Offered via Zoom

Thursday, August 19, 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

DPIE is offering monthly VIRTUAL training sessions on how to upload applications and plans for review in our ePlan system. Training sessions are FREE and are held the third Thursday of every month. (Please do not come to DPIE offices as they are closed to the public at this time.) The Zoom link will be provided to registered customers 48 hours prior to the training.

All those who wish to attend the August virtual class need to reply no later than August 13th by clicking the activities link. You may also send an e-mail to one of the following contacts or call the phone number:

Robin — ramclean@co.pg.md.us
Danielle — dmrobinson1@co.pg.md.us
Dunia — dksantamaria@co.pg.md.us
Megan — msteward@co.pg.md.us
(301) 636–2050

To cancel or reschedule, please notify one of the above persons via e-mail or call the phone number.

Please Note: If there are less than 4 people signed up for a training, the class will be canceled; the persons signed up to attend will be notified and moved to the following month’s class.

All customers scheduled to attend an ePlan Customer Training session must print out a copy of the "ePlan Applicant User Guide" for the class.

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Comm Partners Meeting DPIE Presentation 4-7-21

Community Partners' Presentations

View recent Community Partners Presentations here.

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Information Translated to Other Languages

In an effort to share both departmental and County information with our communities, we are publishing pages in other languages.  Select the Resources tab at the bottom of the left column.  Be sure and check back on a regular basis as we continue to convert and add additional DPIE documents, as well as County notices and COVID-19 updates.

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Change in Processes Due to the Coronavirus

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Changes to DPIE Drop Box

Effective immediately, new Permitting and Plan Review drop box procedures are to be followed. Read more here.

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DPIE Now Offers Virtual Inspections of Limited Projects

DPIE is offering limited virtual inspections as an alternative to on-site inspections. Virtual inspections allow County inspectors to perform on-demand inspections from remote locations, utilizing technology instead of direct interaction with the public. Read more here.

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Farmers’ Market Procedures During COVID-19 Emergency

Modifications have been made to the Farmers’ Market Temporary Use Code Operations.  For more information, view the Health Licensing’s Food Service Facility (FSF) Permits page and read the "COVID-19 Farmers’ Market Operations" list of vendor requirements.

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Changes to DPIE Inspections Division Inspection Processes

The DPIE Inspections Division has suspended inspections of occupied existing residential/commercial interior renovations, alterations, and any additions associated with the projects. Read more here.

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Boards & Commissions Electrical Board

The Electrical Board will not be accepting applications for electrical examinations or requests for retakes until further notice.  Please check back for updates.

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Coronavirus Information

To stay up-to-date with the latest information, view Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks’s newsletters.

For more information and printable factsheets in English and Spanish, visit the Health Services page.

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DPIE buildings remain CLOSED to the public until further notice.  At this time, hours of operation are for virtual services only.

Permitting and Licensing & Building Plan Review Divisions Application VIRTUAL Intake Hours Only

Service
Day Hours
Operational Intake
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Operational Intake
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residential Walk-thru
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Commercial Walk-thru Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residential/Commercial Walk-thru
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Divisional Office Hours

Division Day Hours
Site/Road Plan Review
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Inspections
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Enforcement
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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